Archive for April, 2013

Cameras for Asia: CWC in Kathmandu, Nepal 2013

Cameras for Asia visited the Kathmandu valley in March and ran photographic workshops with 12-13 high school students from the Children’s Welfare Centre in Godwari. Ten cameras and various accessories were left behind afterwards for their ongoing use.

The great sense of humour, excellent English and basic camera skills the students already had made the classes a lot of fun and easy to teach. We got through basics of composition, portraits, action and macro photography quickly and onto things like lighting, colour use, contrasts and other techniques.

They learned fast and took some great photographs. Here is an array of the images they took and photographs of them in action. Please see the Cameras for Asia Facebook page for more photographs taken on this project as they are well worth checking out.

Portrait of a local farmer in traditional dress. Pic: Suman.

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New gallery online: Yangon to Pathein ferry on the Ayerwaddy River

Another new gallery of images now online features a boat journey from Yangon out into the Ayerwaddy delta region to the riverside city of Pathein, famed for its parasols.

The journey took some 30 hours, including a rather cold overnight stay on deck of the ferry along with about 100 other passengers of all ages.

All images are available here or scroll below for some highlights.

Sunset on the river.

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New gallery online: Chaungtha beach, Myanmar

Myanmar might not be renowned for its beaches but Chaungtha beach is as colourful as any you’ll find in Asia. Replete with fish sellers, bike and tube hire, ponies and holidaying Burmese and foreigners, there’s rarely a dull moment on the sands of Chaungtha.

Located within about five hours from the old capital Yangon, it’s a popular spot on weekends and holidays for all and sundry. That means there is a range of different accommodation available, with more budget options than nearby Ngwe saung, and a a more village atmosphere that gives it local vibe.

Bikes and tubes for rent on the beach, fish sellers and plenty of other activity mean there’s always something to do, watch or photograph at Chaungtha.

To view all the images in the gallery click here, otherwise scroll down for a few highlights below.

Fish sellers are a common sight along the beach at Chaungtha.

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New gallery online: Yangon circular train

Every time I visit Yangon I like to take the slow circuit of the metropolis on the circular train. It’s a fabulous insight into many aspects of the city and all done in slow motion.

The train starts in downtown Yangon and heads out through suburbs with busy platforms full of monks, waiting passengers, markets and sellers. Once it gets further away there are intermittent glimpses of pagodas and monasteries and plenty of agricultural scenes, small villages and settlements and plenty of open landscapes. From there it trundles slowly back into the city.

To see the full gallery of images click here.

Waving passengers from an adjoining carriage.

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2104 calendar: Visited Planet world images on sale now

The 2014 Visited Planet world images calendar is now printed and available for sale. By popular request these are bigger than last year (roughly 37cm x 25cm – that’s bigger than A3) and contain some informative material about 12 different countries that Visited Planet has worked in.

The calendar is retailing for AUD $10 (postage additional). All profits go to Cameras for Asia. Contact for details.

Here’s a sneak preview:

Cover page of 2014 calendar.

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